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Too Busy to Exercise? Try This Effective Short Workout Daily

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If you have a busy schedule, try a short workout routine so you can still get some exercise. You do not even need to leave your house to train. A quick workout is better than not exercising at all, so several days each week you should try to set aside at least 15 minutes to train.

Cardio Workout

Fifteen minutes is all you need for a good cardio workout. If you do not have time to drive to a gym, purchase a stationary bike or other cardio devices to keep at home. If this is not an option, you can do some cardio by running around your neighborhood, sprinting in your yard, or training right inside your house.

If you choose to run in your neighborhood, wear a runner's watch so you can keep track of the time. Set it for 7.5 minutes and then start your workout. When the time expires, turn around and run back home to complete your 15-minute run.

If you do not want to run on a road or sidewalk due to the pounding your body takes, do some sprint work in your back yard. Depending on the size of your yard, you can either run in a circle or sprint back and forth. Set your watch for 15 minutes and sprint until the time runs out.

To do some cardio training in the privacy of your own home requires some creativity. If you have stairs, run up and down the steps to train. You can also run in place while watching television. For example, run in place for five minutes, then drop to the floor and do some sit ups for another five minutes. Do another five minutes of cardio to finish your quick workout.

Weight Training Workout

If you have a set of weights at home, you can perform a short workout several times a week to get some training in. If you do not own any weights, use household items instead. You can also train using your own body weight by doing push ups.

To do a quick 15-minute upper body workout, loosen up by doing some stretches and then get down on the floor into push-up position. Do 20 push ups if you are able, then stand up and stretch your arms. If you have a dumbbell, perform 10 biceps curls with each arm. You can also use a suitcase filled with books if you do not have a dumbbell.

After you train your biceps, use a chair to perform some dips. Sit down in the chair and grip the front edge of the chair with your fingers, then extend your legs out in front of you with your toes pointed toward the ceiling. Slide off of the chair and hold yourself up with your arms. Bend your arms at the elbows and slowly lower your body toward the floor. When your upper arms are parallel to the floor, push yourself back up to the starting position. Do 10 dips and then repeat the three exercises until your 15 minutes are up.

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